Which degree is best for you?
Types of Awards:
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum:
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, or MnTC, is commonly referred to as "generals." It is "comprised of general education courses reflecting competencies adopted by the public higher education entities in Minnesota" (MnSCU policy 3.37, www.mnscu.edu). The MnTC is not a degree, however, completion of the MnTC denotes that lower division general education requirements are considered complete at any MnSCU system university. The University of Minnesota recognizes the MnTC as acoompletion of the diversified core. There may be other requirements needed at the University of Minnesota (i.e.: writing intensive courses, and a "computers in society" course). The MnTC may be accepted in full at some private colleges. Please note, you must apply for graduation to have the MnTC completion noted on your Anoka-Ramsey transcript, if you don't, the transfer institution will evaluate courses individually.
For more information on the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, click here.
Associate in Arts Degree:
An Associate in Arts degree, or "AA," is designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. The MnTC is embedded in the AA, meaning that by completing the AA, you complete the MnTC.
The AA is 40 MnTC credits, 17 elective credits and 3 credits for health/wellness, for a total of 60 credits.
Anoka-Ramsey also offers AA degrees with an emphasis area. These include: psychology, creative writing, literature, art, and education. If you want to complete an emphasis area, work with an advisor to make sure you take the necessary courses within the MnTC.
Associate in Fine Arts Degree:
The Associate in Fine Arts degree, or "AFA," is designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
The AFA degrees offered at Anoka-Ramsey include: art, music, and theater.
For art, students are required to complete 24 general education credits from 6 of the 10 MnTC goal areas.
For music, students are required to complete at least 30 general education credits from 6 of the 10 MnTC goal areas.
Theater, requires all 40 general education credits and completion of all 10 goal areas.
All of the AFA degrees have articulation agreements with schools.
Associate in Science Degree:
The Associate in Science degree, (AS) includes programs in "scientific, technological, or other professional fiels designed to transfer in its entirety to a related baccalaureate program by way of an articulation agreement" (MnSCU policy). Most of these degrees are 60 credits, and are designed for transferring or for possible employment.
Anoka-Ramsey offers AS degrees in a variety of programs, including: accounting; applied engineering; business; business, industry and technology; biological sciences; biomedical technologist; community health; computer science; computer networking and telecommunications; environmental science; human resources; integrative health and healing; nursing; pre-engineering; sales management.
All of the AS degrees have an articulation agreement with a baccaluareate granting institution.
Associate in Applied Science Degree:
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is 60 credits (or more) in a scientific, technological, or other professional field. These degrees are designed to prepare students for employment, but may be accepted in transfer to a related baccalaureate institution.
Example of AAS degrees at Anoka-Ramsey include: accounting practitioner; business - management and marketing emphasis, and office technology emphasis; physical therapist assistant.
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and Associate in Arts degree are the most transferable. While, the Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Science degrees may transfer in part or in its entirety to different schools, it transfers in its entirety to the school to which it has an articulation agreement. The Associate in Applied Science may transfer, but is designed for employment.
*Always make sure you are working with your transfer institution early to have the most favorable transferring experience.